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Poster: Greybelt Date: Dec 12, 2016 3:31am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Suspense Magazine

The short stories based on Suspense scripts have been uploaded to https://archive.org/details/SuspenseMagazine

These are scans from the short-lived Suspense: The Mystery Magazine

The short stories are named with the dates of the original broadcasts

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Jan 15, 2017 3:36pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Suspense Magazine


Hello, Greybelt; thanks for these uploads. May I suggest that you get them moved into the OTR section? Just because they're not 'mediatype: audio' doesn't mean they don't belong here, and certainly anyone searching 'Suspense' within the OTR or Radio Programs sections would be happy to find these.

Don't be concerned with the low views number; I suspect that the counter on this page is screwed up. My understanding is that one 'view' is one read or download per day, per IP address. I've been back several times to either read or download, and the counter is still at 11 every time I visit.


About the wonky thanking of Lucille Ball at the end of the 'Eve' story, my first thought was that it was a composing room error, and that this was written to go after another story, 'The Ten Grand', which appeared in the following issue, #3. However, the fact that Lucy also appears on the cover of issue #2 likely nixes this theory.

Pure conjecture, but I wonder if there was a planned Suspense version of Eve with Lucille Ball that would have aired in late 1946, to complement the August 2nd, 1946 release of the Universal movie 'The Black Angel', taken from the same story. Perhaps it was set to air after issue #2 went to press, but logistic or legal issues prevented the Suspense version from airing at that time. Are there any other theories floating around about this error?


By the way, I uploaded a few Suspense shows with blurbs, as well as a main Suspense page. I won't move these into the Old Time Radio section, at least not until they're well down the 'This Just In' list, as they don't have anything new to offer to old hands at OTR.

Thanks for your help with these regarding live/taped shows, and if you read them and find any misinformation, feel free to correct me. Here's the link to the Suspense page; links to five individual shows are at the bottom of the page:
https://archive.org/details/itotr-suspense

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Poster: Greybelt Date: Jan 16, 2017 5:54am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Suspense Magazine

I think the magazine production people were handed bad information -- perhaps with original casting that did not work out by the time of the broadcasts.

What's really funny is that Lee J. Cobb did one Suspense episode but was on the covers of the magazines for two of them -- so he ended up appearing on Suspense Magazine more than he did the Suspense broadcast!!

I'll post to Jeff Kaplan about the possibility of moving the magazines. I suspect that won't be done, but the link can always be put in the descriptions of Suspense that are on the pages, just like you have done on your ITOTR page.

If people go to the Suspense OTRR page where they download the zip files of shows, the magazine scans are in those zip files.

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Jan 16, 2017 1:40pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Suspense Magazine


Hi again; I noticed the Lee J. Cobb one, but wondered if he was a last-minute replacement for Phillip Terry in the January 10, 1946 Suspense broadcast of This Was A Hero. Since this episode seems to be MIA, I couldn't be sure, but if Cobb did replace Terry, it would have been a very-last-minute switch, since both The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times of January 10th list Terry as the star.

On the other hand, this was the same issue that had the Lucille Ball mistake, so maybe someone at the publisher was just asleep at the switch.

A little more poking-around this afternoon turned up something interesting: RadioGOLDINdex shows that the 1946 episode of This Was A Hero is available (somewhere) as an AFRS rebroadcast. Goldin also lists Terry as the star, so that seems to blow the last-minute-replacement theory.

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Speaking of Suspense, since you're connected with the OTRR, I have a suggestion. When a longer-running show gets an upgrade, like Suspense did in 2012, would it be possible to also release an 'expansion pack' with just the new material, for folks that have already downloaded and burned the earlier version?

I downloaded the 29 disk version and burned two sets, then they came out with the 36 disk version 2.0. It would be nice to be able to easily download and burn only the files that are new, rather than all thirty-six CDs. That's a lot of disks to make two sets, and I live in fear of a sixty-disk Lux Radio Theatre 2.0.

Not a complaint, mind you, just something to consider.

Thanks again for your work!

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Poster: Greybelt Date: Jan 17, 2017 5:00am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Suspense Magazine

It's actually the other way around -- I think Cobb was the original casting, and then Terry was used instead. I know the program exists and it is Terry. His Wikipedia entry is interesting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Terry -- at the time of the Suspense episode his short marriage to Joan Crawford was heading to divorce. He can be seen in a few Perry Mason TV episodes.

Good news though re this episode -- it was very competently done in Australia by Grace Gibson Productions in their series "Tension." They just released the entire series as mp3s on 2 CDs. http://gracegibsonradio.com/product/tension/
(note -- prices are in Aussie dollars -- so pay via PayPal and the conversion is automatic). The set also has the missing episode "The Keenest Edge" which is very well done, and also a missing Molle Mystery Theater "The Long Count." An Aussie OTR expert is going through the various Gibson series of the era in hopes of finding other missing Suspense performances. Of the 52 Tension episodes, it appears that 23 were from Suspense scripts.

Re the OTRR sets updates -- There's no easy way to do this -- there are so many upgrades from release to release that it actually is easier to get the entire new set. Since the last set, I have about 450+ upgrades and new versions -- that's about half of the set! -- so it might be 18 CDs! Unfortunately its seems there is no current OTRR volunteer to take charge of the certification and the upgrading of the set. The V2 set currently up is pretty darn good. I'm not sure if there will be a new set. Lux is a different matter -- there are very few upgrades of that. It seems that there are always numerous surprises on the Suspense front.

In the long run, with broadbaand speeds increasing and online connection prices decreasing, just listening directly from Archive may end up being the easier thing to do.

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Poster: Greybelt Date: Jan 16, 2017 5:54am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Suspense Magazine

I think the magazine production people were handed bad information -- perhaps with original casting that did not work out by the time of the broadcasts.

What's really funny is that Lee J. Cobb did one Suspense episode but was on the covers of the magazines for two of them -- so he ended up appearing on Suspense Magazine more than he did the Suspense broadcast!!

I'll post to Jeff Kaplan about the possibility of moving the magazines. I suspect that won't be done, but the link can always be put in the descriptions of Suspense that are on the pages, just like you have done on your ITOTR page.

If people go to the Suspense OTRR page where they download the zip files of shows, the magazine scans are in those zip files.